Domestic Violence: 25 percent of women surveyed by the government say they were violently attacked by their husbands or boyfriends in a finding one federal official called “astounding,” the Associated Press reports.
C-Sections: The number of births by Cesarean section in Calif. has risen 50 percent in the past 10 years, new research shows, but it isn’t because of the health benefits over vaginal delivery. Researchers cite financial incentives for doctors and an “awareness gap” of the procedure’s risks among the explanations, Stephanie O’Neill reports for KPCC public radio.
Health Reform: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley predetermined the findings of a state committee working on health reform even before the group held its first meeting, Renee Dudley reports for the Post and Courier. The newspaper obtained Haley’s emails from a public records request.
Teen Health: Marijuana use is on the rise among teens even as drinking and smoking rates decline to their lowest point in 30 years, Shari Roan reports for the Los Angeles Times.
Stress: Three years after Hurricane Katrina, heart attack rates are still higher than before the disaster, according to data from one New Orleans hospital. Health experts cite lack of access to heart medications and chronic stress among the possible explanations, Amy Norton reports for Reuters.
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